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Saraswati Spiral Pad No. 5

Being into fountain pens you keep exploring paper which is good for fountain pen inks. In India it is difficult to get the likes of Rhodia, Clairefontaine or Tomoe River Paper Easily. So Iam always on lookout for some good paper.

This is the review of one of the spiral pad which I got from my workplace which is called Saraswati Spiral Pad No. 5, where No. 5 signifies the size which is B5.

These note pads are manufactured by MSTC (MANGAL SAIN TRILOK CHAND JAIN PVT. LTD.) and they manufacture lot of stationary items like ledger books, sketchbooks, notebooks etc. They also have a webpage : LINK

 

 


 

DESIGN & BUILD

There is nothing to talk about here much as the pad has run of the mill cardboard cover with transparent pvc spiral thread.

The graphics on the main pad cover is just ordinary and looks like a shoddy job.

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Saraswati Pad – Main Cover

 

The rear cover is plain white and is easy prone to marks thickness and quality is same as main cover. Both main cover and rear cover are laminated.

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Saraswati pad – Rear Cover

 

As far as the spiral thread is concerned it is quite sturdy and the built quality is at par.


 

PERFORMANCE

The quality of paper as far as using fountain pen is concerned is dependent on lot of parameters like ink resistance, shading, sheen, feathering, bleed-through, paper colour, smoothness or texture and few others. Few properties are also dependent with ink properties like shading and sheen.

To begin with there is no mention of paper quality. So I have no idea about the gsm.

As far as colour of this paper is concerned it is not super-white or even white, rather it leans into bit greyish category.

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Saraswati Pad – Greyish White Paper

 

However its surprisingly is smooth to write on and takes easily most of the inks and pens. There is minor bleed-through which happens in case of some wet nib pens and some wet inks e.g. Pilot Custom 74 Music nib which writes very wet and also Jinaho X750.

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Saraswati Pad – Writing on it 

 

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Saraswati Pad – Writing on it – Lateral View

 

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Saraswati Pad – Writing on it – Rear side – Lateral View

 

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Saraswati Pad – Writing on it – Rear side – Top View

 

As visible from above there is more bleed-through on rear side where combination of Pilot Custom 74 with music nibs and Montblanc ink was used, similarly in case of Jinhao X750 with Edelstien Amethyst.

It is also noticeable that there is little shading on the paper  and I believe paper is not at all ink resistant and thus drying times are less.

Also I might point out that barring the writing sample of Edelstien amethyst ink there was no feathering.

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Saraswati – Written Samples with Different Ink and Pens

 

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Saraswati Pad – Written Samples with different ink – Close-up 1

 

Above image clearly shows no feathering and also you can see little shading in blue ink which is Kale Royal Blue.

 

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Saraswati Pad – Written Samples with different ink – Close-up 2

 

In above image you can see bit of feathering with Jinhao X750 and Amethyst ink.

Performance summary is as follows:

  • Ink Resistance : Moderate
  • Paper Texture : Smooth
  • Feathering : Very Low
  • Bleed-through : Low
  • Shading : Moderate
  • Sheen : Low

 

VALUE

The pad costed me nothing as I get this as regular supply at my workplace, however its costs around Rs. 25 ( US $0.38).

There was no mention of no. of pages or quality of paper, however when counted there were total  50 paper leaves thus making 100 writing sides.


 

CONCLUSION

I think the paper is worth more than every penny where I can use mostly use both sides of the paper for general use at such a low cost.

I will certainly recommend this to someone who loves to use fountain pen and want some pad for rough use which has good resistance to feathering and bleed through.

 

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Tuesday Thoughts – 26 April 2016

The pen in rotation today is one of my all time favourite, Pilot Custom 74 (Music Nib) which I have reviewed here : LINK

It is currently inked with MontBlanc Golden Yellow. This ink is more in the territory of orange colour and thus the name golden yellow. Ink is legible and is justified in pen with wet nibs.

Today’s thought comes from one of the Infantry Journal.

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Regards

Vaibhav Mehandiratta

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Tuesday Thoughts – 19 April 2016

The pen in rotation is Lamy Nexx with 1.1 Stub Nib which is inked with Kale Blue Ink which is one of the locally produced ink by one of the pen seller under Kale Pens. Kale Pen is fountain pen shop in Pune which manufactures and sells Parker style pens and also inks. Surprisingly the inks are also sold in plastic pouches.

And today’s inspiration comes from one of the greatest travellers of all time, Ibn Batuta.

 

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Regards

Vaibhav Mehandiratta

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Tuesday Thoughts – 12 April 2016

The Pen in rotation is Pilot Non Self Filling Fountain Pen also known as Pilot Tank. It is an eyedropper and actually can take Con-20 converter. And it is inked with Sailor Jentle Shigure.

Today’s inspiration comes from one of the foremost Architect of America during his time, Louis I. Kahn. He was also the Architect of famous management Institute of India, IIM-Ahmedabad.

 

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Regards

Vaibhav Mehandiratta

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INK REVIEW – KRISHNA MONSOON SKY

In Indian Fountain Pen industry or Circles, Dr. Sreekumar is quite known for his hand-turned fountain pens and almost 20 types of nib tuning. However recently he has shelved in to making fountain pen inks under the brand name of KRISHNA.

These inks are sold on eBay India Page for Rs. 550 (8 USD) each for 5 Nos. 30 ml ink bottle plus shipping. Now they come in new glass bottles.

 

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Krishna Ink – New Glass Bottle

 

The inks that are being produced have now increased to 35 nos. and even certain names have changed.

 

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Krishna Inks – 35 Colors

 

 

The new names are as follows:

  1. Pencil
  2. Neelambal
  3. Dark Chocolate
  4. Purple
  5. Lake Blue
  6. Vivid violet
  7. Sapphire
  8. Ruby
  9. Monsoon Sky
  10. Pink Barleria
  11. Summer Rain
  12. Silent Night Sky
  13. Bronze Leaf 
  14. Wild Cherry
  15. Pumpkin
  16. Nilwanti
  17. Cool Breeze
  18. Gold Rush
  19. Orange Crush
  20. After Dark
  21. Yellow Valley
  22. Glory Vine
  23. Dark Rose
  24. Magic Blue
  25. Orchard Lily
  26. Writer’s Night
  27. Peacock
  28. Neelkurinhi
  29. Emerald
  30. Mangal
  31. Dew Leaf
  32. Njaval
  33. Meadow Green
  34. Ghat Green
  35. Officer’s Blue Black

 

I would like to thank Dr. Sreekumar for sending me the samples and also for the effort that he has put in seeing the limited resources at his disposal.

This review is of Monsoon Sky which is the new introduction to old 28 colours and this colour is greyish blue-green.

 

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Krishna Ink – Monsoon Sky

 

 

INK SPLASH

 

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Krishna Monsoon Sky – Ink Splash on JK Cedar 100gsm

 

 

DROP ON PAPER NAPKIN

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Krishna Monsoon Sky – Ink drop on Paper Towel

 

 

 

COLOUR MATCH

 

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Krishna Monsoon Sky – Colour Range

 

 

 

WRITING SAMPLES

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Krishna Monsoon Sky– Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm – Top View

 

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Krishna Monsoon Sky – Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm – Side View

 

This ink shades almost close to none. The ink flow is good. And has no feathering.


 

 

 

INK SWABS & SCRIBBLE

 

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Krishna Monsoon Sky – Ink Passes on JK Cedar – 100 gsm

 

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Krishna Monsoon Sky – Ink Swab on JK Cedar – 100 gsm

 

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Krishna Monsoon Sky – Ink Scribble on JK Cedar – 100 gsm

 

 

 

WATERPROOF TEST

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Krishna Monsoon Sky – Waterproof Test

 

Ink after water rub test leaves behind certain traces thus making ink bit water resistant and even after water wash it is still readable.


 

 

 

INK DRYING TIMES

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Krishna Monsoon Sky – Ink drying times

 

The ink drying times hover just around 25 to 26 seconds.


 

 

 

BLOW-UP WRITING SAMPLES

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Krishna Monsoon Sky – Blow up Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm

 

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION:

The colour reminds me of Diamine Teal or Iroshizuku Tsuki-yo. But unlike Iroshizuku it has no shading or sheen. It has no feathering  and has consistent flow. Its an okay ink for me because of the colour but I would any day prefer my Iroshizuku Tsuki-yo because of sheen and shading and amazing flow properties. However that comes at high price. This 30 ml bottle just costs less than Rs. 100.

Following are the summation of ink properties:

  • Feathering : No
  • Sheen : No
  • Shading : No
  • Lubrication : Moderate
  • Flow : Good
  • Water Resistance : Good
  • Drying Times : Good
  • Nib Creep : No
  • Clogging : None
  • Odor : None

 

Feedback and Comments are welcome.

The ink can be bought from the ebay store of Krishna Pens. Link is given below.

LINK TO EBAY STORE : KRISHNAPENS

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INK REVIEW – KRISHNA MANGAL

In Indian Fountain Pen industry or Circles, Dr. Sreekumar is quite known for his hand-turned fountain pens and almost 20 types of nib tuning. However recently he has shelved in to making fountain pen inks under the brand name of KRISHNA.

These inks are sold on eBay India Page for Rs. 550 (8 USD) each for 5 Nos. 30 ml ink bottle plus shipping. Now they come in new glass bottles.

 

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Krishn Ink – New Glass Bottle

 

 

The inks that are being produced have now increased to 35 nos. and even certain names have changed.

 

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Krishna Inks – 35 Colors
 

 

The new names are as follows:

  1. Pencil
  2. Neelambal
  3. Dark Chocolate
  4. Purple
  5. Lake Blue
  6. Vivid violet
  7. Sapphire
  8. Ruby
  9. Monsoon Sky
  10. Pink Barleria
  11. Summer Rain
  12. Silent Night Sky
  13. Bronze Leaf 
  14. Wild Cherry
  15. Pumpkin
  16. Nilwanti
  17. Cool Breeze
  18. Gold Rush
  19. Orange Crush
  20. After Dark
  21. Yellow Valley
  22. Glory Vine
  23. Dark Rose
  24. Magic Blue
  25. Orchard Lily
  26. Writer’s Night
  27. Peacock
  28. Neelkurinhi
  29. Emerald
  30. Mangal
  31. Dew Leaf
  32. Njaval
  33. Meadow Green
  34. Ghat Green
  35. Officer’s Blue Black

 

I would like to thank Dr. Sreekumar for sending me the samples and also for the effort that he has put in seeing the limited resources at his disposal.

This review is of  Mangal ink which is very close to terracotta brick tiles used here in India for roofing. I am in love with this colour. It actually has grown on me. It is not that orangish that will make the ink bright but yes just gives you look of burnt brick. This did not gave me any nib creep problem like Diamine orange inks.

 

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Krishna Mangal – Ink Bottle (old style)

INK SPLASH

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Krishna Mangal – Ink Splash on JK Cedar 100 gsm

 

I love this ink. Pastel orange colour ink.


DROP ON PAPER NAPKIN

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Krishna Mangal – Ink drop on Paper Towel

COLOUR MATCH

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Krishna Mangal – Colour Range

WRITING SAMPLES

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Krishna Mangal – Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm – Top View

 

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Krishna Mangal – Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm – Side View

 

The ink even shades in medium and fine nibs. Ink has got no sheen and does not feather. Flow is superb.


INK SWABS & SCRIBBLE

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Krishna Mangal – Ink Passes on JK Cedar – 100 gsm

 

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Krishna Mangal – Ink Swab on JK Cedar – 100 gsm

 

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Krishna Mangal – Ink Scribble on JK Cedar – 100 gsm

 

WATERPROOF TEST

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Krishna Mangal – Waterproof Test

 

Ink is not water resistant at all.


INK DRYING TIMES

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Krishna Mangal – Ink drying times

 

Well surprisingly the ink drying times are quite low. Just around 20 seconds.


BLOW-UP WRITING SAMPLES

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Krishna Mangal – Blow up Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm

 

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Krishna Mangal – Blow up Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm – Side View

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION:

Its a lovely colour and I can think of Diamine Ancient Copper to be of similar colour.

The ink behaves very well with no crud or feathering or even staining. This ink flows really well and is moderately lubricated (of course not as great as sailor inks). However these are well worth the money. Kudos to Dr. Sreekumar. Beautiful ink which has lovely shading.

Following are the summation of ink properties:

  • Feathering : No
  • Sheen : No
  • Shading : Good amount
  • Lubrication : Moderate
  • Flow : Good
  • Water Resistance : Bad
  • Drying Times : Good
  • Nib Creep : No
  • Clogging : None
  • Odor : None

 

Feedback and Comments are welcome.

The ink can be bought from the ebay store of Krishna Pens. Link is given below.

LINK TO EBAY STORE : KRISHNAPENS

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INK REVIEW – KRISHNA YELLOW VALLEY

In Indian Fountain Pen industry or Circles, Dr. Sreekumar is quite known for his hand-turned fountain pens and almost 20 types of nib tuning. However recently he has shelved in to making fountain pen inks under the brand name of KRISHNA.

These inks are sold on eBay India Page for Rs. 550 (8 USD) each for 5 Nos. 30 ml ink bottle plus shipping. Now they come in new glass bottles.

 

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Krishna Inks

 

The inks that are being produced have now increased to 35 nos. and even certain names have changed.

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Krishna Inks – 35 Colors

 

The new names are as follows:

  1. Pencil
  2. Neelambal
  3. Dark Chocolate
  4. Purple
  5. Lake Blue
  6. Vivid violet
  7. Sapphire
  8. Ruby
  9. Monsoon Sky
  10. Pink Barleria
  11. Summer Rain
  12. Silent Night Sky
  13. Bronze Leaf 
  14. Wild Cherry
  15. Pumpkin
  16. Nilwanti
  17. Cool Breeze
  18. Gold Rush
  19. Orange Crush
  20. After Dark
  21. Yellow Valley
  22. Glory Vine
  23. Dark Rose
  24. Magic Blue
  25. Orchard Lily
  26. Writer’s Night
  27. Peacock
  28. Neelkurinhi
  29. Emerald
  30. Mangal
  31. Dew Leaf
  32. Njaval
  33. Meadow Green
  34. Ghat Green
  35. Officer’s Blue Black

 

I would like to thank Dr. Sreekumar for sending me the samples and also for the effort that he has put in seeing the limited resources at his disposal.

This review is about YELLOW VALLEY ink from KRISHNA. The colour is really beautiful and I actually like these kind of greens. The ink drying are better than previous inks, it dries within 30 to 32  seconds and is to be note that bold point nib was used to check drying times. However one issue with this ink is that there is an issue with nib crud if left for longer period unattended for more than a week or so.

 

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Krishna Yellow Valley

 

 

 

 

INK SPLASH

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Krishna Yellow Valley – Ink Splash on JK Cedar 100 gsm

 

I love the colour of this ink. Its kinda murky green which I like. Ink has no sheen and does not feathers.


DROP ON PAPER NAPKIN

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Krishna Yellow Valley – Ink drop on Paper Towel

 

COLOUR MATCH

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Krishna Yellow Valley – Colour Range

WRITING SAMPLES

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Krishna Yellow Valley – Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm – Top View

 

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Krishna Yellow Valley – Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm – Side View

 

As you can see from the above writing samples the ink has shading property and it shows most in stub nibs. And ink is very legible even in the fine Japanese nibs.


 

INK SWABS & SCRIBBLE

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Krishna Yellow Valley – Ink Passes on JK Cedar – 100 gsm

 

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Krishna Yellow Valley – Ink Swab on JK Cedar – 100 gsm

 

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Krishna Yellow Valley – Ink Scribble on JK Cedar – 100 gsm

 

WATERPROOF TEST

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Krishna Yellow Valley – Waterproof Test

 

The ink leaves just a bit of colour when rubbed with water and you can see the that it is still very much legible after water rub test and thus I can say it is has water resistant properties.


 

 

 

 

 

INK DRYING TIMES

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Krishna Yellow Valley – Ink Drying Times

 

 

 

 

 

BLOW-UP WRITING SAMPLES

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Krishna Yellow valley – Blow up Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm

 

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Krishna Yellow Valley – Blow up Writing Sample on JK Cedar 100 gsm – Side View

 

COMPARATIVE WITH SIMILAR COLORS

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Bronze Leaf vs Yellow Valley vs Ghat Green vs Meadow Green vs Goldrush

 

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION:

I like the colour

The ink has good flow and is nominally lubricated. Dry times are still high but please note that I used the Bold wet nib for drying test. The beauty of the ink is that it is water resistant.

But yes there is a bit problem with nib Creep if not used for long.

Following are the summation of ink properties:

  • Feathering : No
  • Sheen : No
  • Shading : Moderate
  • Lubrication : Moderate
  • Flow : Good
  • Water Resistance : Good
  • Drying Times : Little High
  • Nib Creep : Yes
  • Clogging : None
  • Odor : None

 

Feedback and Comments are welcome.

The ink can be bought from the ebay store of Krishna Pens. Link is given below.

LINK TO EBAY STORE : KRISHNAPENS

 

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Tuesday Thoughts – 05 April 2016

The pen in rotation today Ranga Zeal in Matte finish Red-Yellow Ripple ebonite with Matte finish Acrylic. Using the same inked with Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-Budo.

And inspiration for today comes from one of the most iconic Architect of our times, Zaha Hadid. She was the first woman to win Pritzker Award.

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Regards

Vaibhav Mehandiratta